Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Woodland Has Dance Fever!!

This year, Woodland students and staff are focusing on caring about ourselves, caring about others and caring about our school. We work on our behavior choices each day. Each classroom selected a goal for good behavior. To celebrate, students and classrooms who have reached the goal, were invited to a DANCE PARTY! A big Thank You goes out to the members of the Greenville Wavaires who came to celebrate with the students. The Wavaires gave dance lessons and danced with students at the party on Monday, November 19th. Woodland students and staff are now working on setting new goals and finding new ways to celebrate!


Today at Woodland we celebrated our super custodian, Jay Bush. Following our monthly fire drill, Woodland staff and students gave messages of thanks to Mr. Bush for all he does for Woodland Staff and Students. "He keeps our building going and the students really connect with him," says Andrea Townsend, principal at Woodland, "We just could not do it without him!"
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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ohio EPA Awards Clean Diesel School Bus Grant To Greenville City Schools

Children in eight Ohio school districts will benefit from Ohio EPA grants awarded to install pollution control equipment on 75 buses and idle reduction technology on 68 buses as part of Ohio EPA’s Clean Diesel School Bus Grant program.

A total of $277,885.53 was awarded to reduce children’s exposure to pollutants in diesel exhaust. The equipment is expected to eliminate 262.2 pounds of fine particle pollution, and more than three tons annually in carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons. These benefits will compound every year that these buses are in service.

School bus retrofit grants are supported with civil penalties collected by Ohio EPA for violations of Ohio’s environmental protection laws.
Grant recipients include:
  • Anna Local Schools, Shelby County, $42,539 to install diesel oxidation catalysts and anti-idling equipment on seven buses, and anti-idling equipment on seven additional buses;
  • Benton Carroll Salem School District, Ottawa County, $9,396 to install diesel oxidation catalysts on six buses;
  • East Holmes Local Schools, Holmes County, $55,669 to install diesel oxidation catalysts and anti-idling equipment on 11 buses and anti-idling equipment on an additional six buses;
  • Greenville City Schools, Darke County, $63,653 to install diesel oxidation catalysts and anti-idling equipment on seven buses, diesel oxidation catalysts on six buses and anti-idling equipment on an additional 12 buses;
  • Marion City School District, Marion County, $31,305 to install diesel oxidation catalysts on 17 buses and anti-idling equipment on two buses;
  • Rossford Exempted Village Schools, Wood County, $10,962 to install diesel oxidation catalysts on seven buses;
  • Sylvania City Schools, Lucas County, $54,648 to install diesel oxidation catalysts and anti-idling equipment on eight buses and anti-idling equipment on an additional eight buses; and
  • Waverly City Schools, Pike County, $9,714 to install diesel oxidation catalysts on six buses.
Retrofitting school buses reduces fine particle pollution in diesel exhaust by between 20 and 90 percent, depending on the type of control equipment installed.
Fine particles, known as particulates, can aggravate respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis. Children are most susceptible to this kind of air pollution because their lungs and respiratory systems are still developing.
Ohio EPA established the Clean Diesel School Bus Fund in 2006 to encourage school districts to install pollution controls on diesel school buses, and use cleaner fuel to reduce air emissions and improve air quality. More than $7.5 million has been awarded to install pollution control equipment on 2,491 school buses statewide, and idle reduction equipment on 771 buses, removing more than 151 tons of pollutants from the air. The next grant application deadline is March 1, 2013.
Priority is given to applicants in areas that do not meet federal air quality standards for fine particulates, and to districts that employ additional measures such as anti-idling programs to reduce emissions from school bus fleets.
The Greenville City School Transportation Department is lead by Supervisor Beth Cain. If you have any questions about this grant. She can be reached at bcain@greenville.k12.oh.us.  Mrs. Cain's hard work and dedication to the students of Greenville City Schools and to the community is greatly appreciated 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Hospitality Program Partners Service and Learning

The Hospitality and Facility Care program at Greenville Senior High School has been partnering with several Darke County organizations to provide community services while providing students with real-world learning experiences. The class of 17 juniors and seniors recently provided banquet setup services for the annual Youth for Christ of the Miami Valley fundraising banquet. The students entered the empty All Season’s Place and 90 minutes later had the venue set up for over 400 guests complete with linen, flatware and centerpieces. This event gives the students much needed practice in large-scale event planning, preparation and banquet set up skills. The students were then invited as guests of Catering by Michael to attend the banquet in appreciation for their service. The Hospitality Program also partners with the Darke County Nurses Council to provide catered meals for their professional development meetings. A new partnership has also been formed this school year to provide environmental services to the Grace Resurrection Community Center. Students assist in cleaning the facility, preparing clothing for the clothing bank, and in the food pantry.

The 2-year career technical program provides students with skills that will prepare them for entry level positions within the hospitality industry or to further their education in a hospitality related program. The students train in community hospitality related businesses that include the Brethren Retirement Community, the St. Claire Manor, and Wayne Healthcare. The students provide many hospitality services within the school district for professional and committee meetings. Any business or organization that would be interested in learning more about the services that the Hospitality program could provide should contact the program instructor, Toni Shellabarger at (937)548-4188 or contact the Career Technical Office at Greenville Senior High School.

Career Technical Education News from Greenville City Schools

    Both the CIS and Engineering Tech Prep Programs at Greenville High School represented the school at the Ohio School Board Association Conference November 11-14. Previously, the students and instructors were honored with this selection by the Southwest Region with a framed certificate at their Annual Fall Meeting on October 11 at the Warren County Career Center.

    This was the second year for CIS to attend this conference. They presented information on the employment experiences offered them through the CIS class. The Greenville City Schools has been hiring students from the CIS class between their junior and senior years to work over the summer with the network administrators to help get the district’s computers ready for the school year. The hired students were able to participate in a Progress Book training session so they were able to work with the returning teachers as the district changed to a different online grade book program. The students continue to work after the school day on an as-needed basis. This program provides an excellent opportunity to gain valuable work experience. Several of last year’s graduates have already secured positions in computer related fields at GTI and Crown Equipment while continuing their related education at Sinclair Community College. The CIS program is a two-year program offered to juniors and seniors. It is taught using Cisco’s online curriculum which prepares students for the Cisco CCNA certification exam, the industry standard in computer networking. CIS also covers IT Essentials which prepares students for CompTIA’s A+ certification exam, which is the industry standard in computer repair/help desk. Students have the opportunity to earn up to sixteen to thirty semester hours of college credit while in high school. Zeppelin Hoehn, Nicholas Venenga, and Kody Kitchen presented for the CIS Program.
    The Engineering Tech Prep Program also presented at the OSBA conference for the second year in a row. The Gravitational Water Vortex Power Plant is a horizontal form of the hydroelectric dam. The benefits of using an artificially induced vortex above gravity- accelerated water increases efficiency, decreases cost, and not only lowers the negative impact on the environment, but actually increases the sustainability and health of the river as a whole. The ingenious invention was designed and developed by Franz Zotlterer, an Austrian engineer, who saw the advantage of using this natural process. For the 2012 Engineering 12 class at Greenville Senior High School, teammates Chase Jenkinson, Lane Flora, and Scott Wirrig have chosen to follow in the footsteps of the 2011 Engineering 12 class by further researching and developing the project. With instructor Chris Sykes, these students prepared a written report, portfolio, a new functioning model, and a presentation to be used for various events. What makes this project different from previous projects is its ability to go further than the class itself. Students in Engineering Tech Prep have the opportunity to earn up to sixteen semester hours of transferrable credit at Edison St. CC with additional possiblities at Sinclair.

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

    Woodland Primary Honored Veterans

    Woodland Primary honored our nation's veterans on Friday November 9th. The day began with a visit and a presentation from Robb Fulker an Iraq veteran and Gateway Youth Advocate. He shared with students about his service and the importance of service men and women. To finish our Veteran's Day celebration, we had Mr Dustin Miller and Randall Allread bring two Humvees from our Greenville Armory for students to explore. Each Woodland student was able to experience veterans and their dedication to our nation. We are so thankful for our freedoms and those heros who fight to protect them. Happy Veteran's Day!

    Monday, November 12, 2012

    South MS Appreciates our Veterans.

    We started the day with Mrs. Hottle's class presenting poetry to show their appreciation to our Veterans over the announcements.
    Mrs. Schatz 6th grade Exploratory class organized and presented a Veteran's Day Assembly for our students. The Greenville VFW presented the flag and gave information on each of the armed services branches for the students. A majority of the students have a family member who is a veteran or is currently serving in the military. This was an opportunity to learn about our armed forces and show appreciation for their service.

    Thursday, November 8, 2012


    Greenville High School Student Council sponsored a "Pink Day" in honor of "Cancer Awareness". The students and staff a like wore pink that day, and made donations in honor of this event. The GHS Student Council raised $250.00, and presented members of the Darke County Cancer Society with this check.

    HAT DAY Proceeds Go to GREAT CAUSE

    (l-r: Heath Marker-student council; Haylee Hanes; Erin Albright-student council; Meghan Hanes-sister.)
    Greenville High School Student Council, along with the Junior High Student Leaders, sponsored a "HAT DAY" in September which always supports a community member or student here at Greenville Schools with any medical needs. This year we chose an 8th grader, Haylee Hanes. Haylee was diagnosed late June, 2012, with a tumor behind her eye, also wrapping around the back of her head. Haylee is still having various dr. appointments, thus why we chose to help Haylee thru this donation. The GHS Student Council and GJHS Student Leaders raised $800.00, and members of the GHS Student Council presented Haylee, along with sister Meghan the check at a recent pep rally at GHS.

    Grandparents' Night HUGE SUCCESS AT EAST SCHOOL

    Grandparents’ Night was another huge success with at least 604 participants.  Many teachers shared positive comments.  A big THANK YOU to Fred and Joyce Matix as they ran the sign-in table.  PTA members manned the Book Fair and over $2,800.00 in merchandise was sold in an hour and one half. 

    East Intermediate HOMEWORK HELP

    Homework Help began October 8. So far we have had twenty different students participate.  The size of the group varies from evening to evening.  We anticipate more participants as Homework Help will be discussed as an intervention at the conferences later this month.  It is an easy way for homework to get completed without parents having to nag their child.  Again Homework Help is a service that is free to the parents and is available each weekday from 3:30-5:00. 

    Mrs. Flora's 4th Grade Students Learn About Community Awareness

    FOOD DRIVE- Sherry Flora’s, third and fourth grade social studies teacher, recently worked with students as part of a community awareness program to hold a food drive.   The students donated 236 food items and brought in change totaling $130.70.  The proceeds are going to FISH.  Mrs. Flora was beaming and expressed, “I was so proud of them!!!!” 


    GREENVILLE, OH (November 7, 2012) – Main Street Greenville is proud to announce the selected designs and artists for the winter banners.

    These banners will be displayed in downtown Greenville from November through February.

    The Greenville High School Career Art Class taught by Jane Cleary, was asked to submit designs for the winter banners that would reflect the character of downtown.  

    Main Street Greenville representatives Betty Birt, Lauren Henry and Deanna York were impressed with the talent and creativity of Mrs. Cleary’s students.

    “The students in the Career Art Class at GHS are an extremely talented bunch,” stated Birt chairman of the committee. “It was difficult to choose only three designs from the many submissions.”

    The students chosen to create the artwork for the winter banners were Tara Guillozet, Maggie Suter and Makayla Robbins. Miss Guillozet’s artwork represents the light posts in the historic downtown area. Miss Suter’s artwork represents the iconic courthouse and Miss Robbins’ artwork represents the fountain on the circle.

    A fourth banner will be proudly displayed in downtown Greenville along with the three designed by the high school students, one that announces Greenville as Ohio Magazine 2012/2013 Best Hometown.  All banners were printed by Dustin Nealeigh, owner of Nealeigh Design Group now located on North Broadway.

     The American Legion in Greenville and The Elks each contributed generously to this banner project. Additional sponsors are being sought at this time.

    Main Street Greenville is an organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in historic downtown Greenville. Visit the website for more information on this program and more, www.MainStreetGreenville.org.

    Check Out the TIDAL WAVE STORY

    Check out the Tidal Wave Story..located on the pages link at the top of the High Five Blog.

    WAVE Expectations have come to South Middle School!

    W e are respectful

    A lways responsible

    V ery kind

    E xcited and ready to learn!

    This is our focus in all that we do so that learning becomes our first priority in all things. BUG Awards give staff a chance to acknowledge students who meet our WAVE expectations! We have handed out over 300 BUG awards in the first 9 weeks of school. Impressive WAVE MS students!

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

    Workforce Development Visits GHS CT CENTER

    Barbara Nicol & Bill Souders (Board of Regents), Rep. Richard Adams, Rep. Jim Buchy, and Dave Burrows (Dayton Development Coalition) were in Greenville on November 1 to discuss Darke County's Workforce Development Efforts. Marc Saluk updated the group on Darke County Workforce Development Efforts at the Darke County Economic Development Office.. As part of the visit and workforce development discussion, the guests then toured Greenville Career Tech Center. Senior Engineering Tech Prep student Chase Jenkinson helped facilitate the tour of the Greenville Career Tech Center and stated, "It was definitely something I never expected to experience regarding the conversations and visit that took place. Engineering has helped give me hands-on experience regarding what I will be expected to do in the future, and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to discuss workforce development and engineering with our guests."


    Chris Sykes from Engineering Tech Prep discusses changes already taking place in the curriculum

    John Guttadore, Agri-Business Instructor, provides an update on welding in his Agri-Business Program

    Jim Anderson from Automotive Technology discusses the emerging workforce

    Fire Safety Week at Woodland Primary

    This week is Fire Safety Week at Woodland! We kicked off the week with a bang at school. Rage and Rocko the fire dogs stopped by all the classrooms to remind students that fire safety is important and cool. Firemen and Firewomen stopped by with fire trucks for kids to see and explore. They wore their fire gear at for the kids to see. The Eagles provided all students with fire safety T-shirts to wear as a reminder of fire safety. Al Keaser with the Greenville Township Fire Department will spend the rest of the week in classrooms reminding students about fire safety. We are so proud of our students and community as we work together for kids safety! Thank you to everyone who makes it possible!

    Monday, November 5, 2012

    Woodland Primary Holds Fall Festival

    Woodland students celebrated fall last Friday (11/2/12) Each year a committee of teacher get together and plan a fall holiday celebration for students. Students had the opportunity to compete in fun fall themed activities and races. They enjoyed some fun filled classroom celebrations and even a puppet show. It was a beautiful day and students were excited to be involved! Thank you to all the teachers and parents who worked hard planning a fun filled Friday at Woodland!

    Trick or Treat for Fish

    On Sunday, Oct. 28th, the following students participated in our Trick or Treat for Fish. These students are from GHS Student Council, as well from our GHS Key Club. While others were out gathering candy, they were out gathering food to be given to "FISH". As well, the week before, on Sunday, Oct. 21st, the students from GHS Student Council provided a community service of "Rake and Run" in our community. This is to assist those in our community that may not be able to do their own yards, or just need extra assistance. We are proud to be a part of this community , and glad we are able to assist in many ways, this being a a few examples.
    Erika Jeffers, Paige Keller, Lucas Keller, Heath Marker, Megan Galloway, Ellie Light, Ashton Kester, Evan Kiser, Krutant Mehta, Abby Kindley, Tara Guillozet, Clay Guillozet, Derek Lockhart, Darpan Kaur and Bhavneep Kaur.